Hans Raj Hans

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Hans Raj Hans
Yuvraj and Hans Raj Hans.jpg
Born (1964-04-09) 9 April 1964 (age 54)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Musical career
Origin Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Years active 1983–present
Website www.hansrajhans.org

Hans Raj Hans is a Punjabi singer and politician from Punjab, India. He is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. He has been singing folk songs for many years but recently sang a number of Gurbani shabads and dharmic geets (religious songs). He is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri.[1]

He sings Punjabi folk and Sufi music, has sung in movies and has also released his own 'Punjabi-pop' albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachche Dhaage.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hans was born in the village Shafipur very close to Jalandhar, Punjab, India[3]. He is the second son of Sardar Rashpal Singh and Mata Sirjan Kaur. Hans had no musical history in his family, yet he began singing at a young age. He started his career by performing at youth festivals and first became known by winning musical competitions.

Hans Raj Hans was born with singing talent. Hans was a student of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib[4], from whom he had learned to sing since his teenage years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a Sufi singer and it was because of him that Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style. His Ustad (teacher) gave him the surname 'Hans' (swan) due to his impressive look and his sweet singing voice like a 'Hans'.

Hans Raj Hans at a religious event

Career[edit]

Musical career[edit]

Punjabi gayki seminar

In his young age Hans Raj Hans learned from renowned music director Charanjit Ahuja. Then he started singing Punjabi folk, devotional and Sufi music[5] He also sang in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He worked with renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in the movie Kachche Dhaage[6]

He has been an honorary music professor at Washington DC University and San Jose State University.[7]

During Hans' student days at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar he won the top University singing award in Punjabi folk singing for three years in a row. He was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by Punjab Government. He received the fourth highest civilian award of India, the Padma Shri Award for arts.

His popularity started increasing when he sang 'Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey'. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Jasvir Cheema 'Mera Dil, Mera Dil...' was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ....'ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa....' first time in Punjabi folk songs' history. His first album was 'jogian de kanna vich kach diyan mundra'.

Hans worked very hard to prove himself and raised himself to this level of a deserving singer. Nothing could divert his focus from singing even during tough times. He never gave up. There was no stopping for Hans after this and every single album was a hit. He is a Sufi singer of his times and has lived to his title by introducing his album Tera Ishq.

Political career[edit]

On 16 May 2009, he unsuccessfully competed for a Punjab seat in the Jalandhar, Punjab constituency in Indian Punjab on a Shiromani Akali Dal ticket.[8]

He joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 10 December 2016 in the presence of National President Amit Shah giving a setback to Punjab Congress as Vidhan Sabha elections were to be held in early 2017.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2017 Mundeh Punjabi (MovieBox/Planet Recordz/Speed Records)
  • 2014 Jaadu (MovieBox/Speed Records)
  • 2011 Ek Ishaara (T-Series)
  • 2008 Yaara O Yaara (MovieBox/Planet Recordz/Speed Records)
  • 2007 Wanjara (T-Series)
  • 2004 The Knight (T-Series)
  • 2003 Tera Ishq (Music Today)
  • 2002 Haaye Sohniye (T-Series)
  • 2002 Ghama Di Raat
  • 2001 Sab Ton Sohni (T-Series)
  • 2001 Jhanjar
  • 2000 Chorni (T-Series)
  • 1997 Lal Garara
  • 1994 Mohabbat
  • 1993 Ishqe Di Barsaat
  • 1992 Jhanjaria
  • 1992 Aar Tutdi Naa Paar Tutdi
  • 1991 Thah Karke
  • 1990 Tera Mera Pyar
  • 1990 Ashiqan Di Kahdi Zindagi
  • 1990 Waris Punjab De (Music Bank)
  • 1987 Ek Kuri Mainu Rajheon Fakir Kar Gai
  • 1989 Balle Ni Rahe Rahe
  • 1987 Ek Dang Hor Mar Ja
  • 1983 Jogian De Kanna Vich ( HMV )

Bollywood[edit]

  • 2018 Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety – Chote Chote Peg Remake & Dil Chori Remake – Hans Raj Hans[10]
  • 2011 Mausam – Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi (T-Series) – Pritam
  • 2011 Patiala House – Tumba Tumba (T-Series) – Shankar Ehsaan Loy
  • 2008 Black & White – Haq Allah – Sukhwinder Singh
  • 2002 Bend It Like Beckham – Punjabiyaan Di Shaan – Bally Saggoo
  • 2002 Shaheed 23 March 1931 – Watanparaston Ki – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 2001 Nayak – Saiyaan (T-Series) – A R Rahman
  • 2001 Jodi No 1 – Akkh Lad Gayee – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 2001 Monsoon Wedding – Aaja Nachle – Bally Saggoo
  • 2000 Bichhoo – Dil Tote Tote – Anand Raaj Anand
  • 1999 Kachche Dhaage – Khaali Dil Nahin Jaan Bhi Hai – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Religious[edit]

  • 2011 Amrit Varga Paani (with Sardool Sikander) World Music
  • 2009 Koi Aan Milavai (featuring Sant Anoop Singh (Una Sahib Wale) & Bhai Maninder Singh (Sri Nagar Wale))
  • 2008 300 Saala Hazoor Sahib (T-Series)
  • 2006 Bole So Nihaal (duo collaboration with Sardool Sikander)
  • 2006 Sikhi Diyan Shaana
  • 2004 Nikey Nikey Do Khalse (T-Series)
  • 2003 Wadda Mera Govind
  • 2000 Amritdhara
  • 1997 Mera Bajaan Wala Maahi
  • 1991 Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi (T-Series)

Filmography[edit]

Biography[edit]

  • Rags to Ragas... and Beyond - Hans Raj Hans by Preet Inder Dhillon, Power Publishers

Accolades[edit]

Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref.(s)
4th Mirchi Music Awards Male Vocalist of The Year "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi" from Mausam Nominated [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Patiala House". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/swarutsav/story/hans-raj-hans-226216-2014-11-07
  4. ^ https://www.oneindia.com/2009/05/18/puranshah-koti-the-legendry-guru-of-many-punjabisingers.html
  5. ^ If one thing falls in place... Archived 26 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Hindustan Times (21 January 2011). Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Symphony Hall, Birmingham:Press Office". Retrieved 5 October 2006.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Melody is out, noise is in, says Hans Raj Hans". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans in LS battle from Jalandhar". business-standard.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  9. ^ Now, Hans ditches Congress for BJP Archived 22 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Dil Chori Remake Honey Singh in 2017". RedMux. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2011". 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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